Saturday, December 2, 2017

Rejoice! Your Savior Will Come.

photo credit: Fr. Dennis Brown/facebook

Wishing you all a Happy Liturgical New Year!  Let this be a new beginning for your practice of the Liturgy of the Hours. If you don't already say the complete daily Office, then add one of the hours starting today (or tomorrow). Or resolve to add a little chanting or singing--maybe just the hymn or the gospel canticle, or just the opening and closing of versicle of each hour.   Your pick. 

Maybe your advent improvement will be to slow down a bit while praying the psalms, and/or to observe a few seconds of silent reflection after each psalm (the optional  psalm prayer is really just a substitute to personal reflection.) Or perhaps it will be to invite a family member or co-worker or friend to pray it with you.

It hardly matters what you do, just do something to enhance your experience of the prayer of the Church.


As always, any questions or comments are welcome. 

16 comments:

  1. Thank you for this reminder! Have a blessed and fruitful Advent!

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  2. I changed it up by reading the Psalms and Bible readings from a different translation of the Bible. You can get the Jerusalem Bible using the Universalis app or website or the NRSVCE or other Catholic translation. Sometimes I feel like I get too comfortable with the Breviary itself and tend to have my mind drift. Using another translation freshens things up for me and gives me new insights. Blessed Advent and thank you for being here to help everyone!

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    1. It would be legit if you are a Canadian(NRSVCE)or British(New Jerusalem Bible)

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  3. "the optional psalm prayer is really just a substitute to personal reflection"

    Hi Daria I wondered if you could expand your thoughts on this sentence of yours...

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    1. I guess calling it "personal reflection" is really another way to say "sacred silence" as per 201, 202, and 203 of the General Instruction. Of course, one could both reflect personally for a moment in silence and then say the psalm prayer. But as one gains experience in seeing the various meanings of the psalms as one prays them, the psalm prayers can at times be redundant. Which is probably why they are optional.

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    2. I believe they are an attempted "restoration" of a first-millennium monastic practice whereby, after each psalm, a period of silence followed for individual reflection, and then the senior celebrant would pray a public collect to "gather up" the individual prayers and "move on" with the Office.

      Their placement in the 4-vol LOTH before the repetition post-psalm antiphon is annoying, and some of them certainly do suffer from trite '70s-ism, but not all of them are bad and they can be occasionally useful and refreshing.

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  4. An OS re-load forced by a recent Windows 10 update probably removed a plugin required to display the scrolling window at "Pray the Office Right Here!" window. What plugin is required so I can re-load it and get this window to work? Thanks!!
    email: jmorr806@gmail.com

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    1. I'm really not sure what you have to do to see it here on my blog, but if you download the ibreviary app, or go to the ibreviary.com website you can access it without my blog.

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  5. Hi Daria firstly I'd like to wish you a happy new liturgical year, I have opted to return to my books for this liturgical year, and I was wondering if I could have a few tips please, in my job I am given 2 15 minute breaks and 1 25 minute break, supposing I can't get round to the Office of None is it liturgically acceptable to recite it at 6:30pm followed by Vespers at 7:30pm? Also if I could have some help through the Christmas period to the Baptism of the Lord that would be greatly appreciated, as the UK are returning to the traditional dates for the Epiphany and the Ascension. Many thanks God bless.

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    1. Happy Liturgical New Year to you, too, Mitchell. It is perfectly acceptable to say any hour at any time. Personally, if I missed one of the small hours and it is way past the traditional time of day for it, I just skip it. But certainly, if you have taken on the noble ambition of doing the full office, then you could do this whenever you find time to fit it in. Just a warning: don't get obsessive on fitting them all in to the point where it become a psychological burden. When that happens, it's a message from the Holy Spirit to relax and scale things back a bit. Good for the UK returning to Jan. 6th for Ephiphany! I'm not sure what your UK breviary looks like--our USA breviaries have instructions for doing it either way (Jan. 6 OR second Sunday after Xmas.) and as I recall, it's much easier to follow the Jan. 6th method. When it gets closer I"ll republish an old piece titled "Post-Epiphany Breviary Train Wreck" which helps people navigate things. God bless you.

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  6. Hi Daria, I would just like to wish you and all who pass by your Blog, a very Blessed Christmas

    Norman

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    1. Merry Christmas to one and all!

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    2. Merry Christmas to you too!I haven't been here much lately: family things have kept me too busy. But wishing all of you great joy.

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  7. Happy Christmas one and all (and it's still Christmas liturgically so I hope I get away with that one) just a light hearted note Daria iv managed the full office today bar the office of readings. It's a little confusing as I am still struggling to remember if an office has been said due to fitting it in around work, BUT iv almost completed my 1st full day. Please one and all keep Me in your prayers as you all will be in mine (I think of this group when I do my office as well) also could someone tell me, the term "office" means "duty" right? Thank you God bless.

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    1. Hi Mitchell, and Happy Christmas. Yes, "office" means not just duty but public duty (or public service is another way to think of it.) Like when we say "the office of the Mayor" or "the office of the presidency". When we pray the LOTH we are praying for, and on behalf of the whole church. In fact, this is a way you can exercise the "office" of the priesthood of the laity.

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